Go Back   RCCrawler Forums > RCCrawler General Tech > General Crawlers
Loading

Notices


Thread: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-05-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Ive had a few PMs about this cheap little crawler, so I decided to make a "build" thread about it. I got the Maxstone16 after having good luck with my Madcrawler 10, and wanting to try a shafty. So As of right now, including the exploder body, I have under $100 into this crawler. I bought it in sept '11 and have extemely good luck with it. Haven't broken A THING yet. Its mostly stock, but parts have been adjusted.

The first issue to address was the torque twist. Fixed this by outboarding the shocks to the outside of the frame in the rear and inside the frame on the front.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

I also put the stock RX and ESC in a baloon to "waterproof" them. Ive sunk this thing many times and everything is still working good!

I never ran the stock body. I found this Explorer police body at Big Lots for $13, so far, this is the only thing I have bought for the crawler. Axle bumpers have been pulled off and I greased everything because it was dry and loud!

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

I still need to take the dremel to the bottom of the axle to clean it up.

Ran that body for 3 months but it was very top heavy to I put the hard springs on it. Its mounted with stock body mounts from the MadCrawler, with a screw in the end of them.

Then the Madcrawler body got trimmed to fit. It was lighter and I could make it sit lower. The explorer body was also getting pretty beat.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.


Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

And the most recent adjustment is I made the front shocks into dual rate and cut the tires up a bit.

With the Madcrawler body being lighter I didnt need a full set of hard springs. Figured id give this a try. Im running the longer soft springs on the bottom and the shorter ha rdspring on top. So now I have a nice flexy front and full hard springs on the back to keep it stable. Works really well.

Click the image to open in full size.
Extended

Click the image to open in full size.
Compressed.


And for the tires I cut out ever other lug to help the tire conform to objects better. The beadlocks on this are fake, and I didnt want to unglue the tires to cut the foam. So far its awesome. The stock tires are very stiff and dont move alot, so this is a huge improvement.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Thats all for now, more snow pics soon.

Last edited by Hyde802; 06-26-2012 at 09:43 PM.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 01-13-2012, 11:37 PM   #2
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Teaser. Will have the rest by the end of the weekend.

Click the image to open in full size.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
Quarry Creeper
 
y2kgtp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Deltona, FL
Posts: 405
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

You seem pretty happy with it overall. I keep looking at these for my kids to play on the rocks with....
y2kgtp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 10:53 AM   #4
RCC Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: central VT
Posts: 1,179
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

I want pics of beat explorer body.

Is the top speed at least walking pace?

What's the wheelbase?

What parts of the drivetrain are plastic? And which are steel/other metal?

For some reason the cut tires remind me of comp'd BFG Krawlers.


And, how about I let you drive my SCX and I'll drive your maxstoner and we'll see which one gets broke first.
meatmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Quote:
Originally Posted by meatmonkey View Post
I want pics of beat explorer body.
Its all zpitied. Ive had to re attach sections. Ill take a pic of what the inside look like.
Is the top speed at least walking pace?
If you hava bum leg, its walking pace.

What's the wheelbase?
9.25 inches.

What parts of the drivetrain are plastic? And which are steel/other metal?
Has a metal motor plate with plastic and metal gears in the transmission. Drive shafts have metal yokes on plastic shafts,
Steering is all plastic, Links are aluminum.
Axles are plastic, I havent been inside the axles yet, but I believe it has metal R&P with a plastic spool.


For some reason the cut tires remind me of comp'd BFG Krawlers.
Haha. Kind of. I bet they could be copied pretty easy

And, how about I let you drive my SCX and I'll drive your maxstoner and we'll see which one gets broke first.
Sounds good to me. Giver her hell
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #6
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Photos:

Exploder body:

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.


The MadCrawler body. Took it out when it was -2 and the back part cracked on a flop...so it too got the zipties.

Click the image to open in full size.

Stock body lowered and cut.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Naked :

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Thats all for now.

Last edited by Hyde802; 01-17-2012 at 06:15 PM.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 10:15 PM   #7
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Houston, Tx and Auburn, AL
Posts: 89
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

I've been testing out different set-ups on my maxstone and found running droop up front to be very advantageous. I also relocated the esc to the rear axel and I'm using a smaller lipo tucked under the stock battery location. Now i just need new wheels/tires cause I trashed mine trying to unglue them. Just a tip, acetone dissolves the wheel and boiling makes them too soft, causing them to warp.
JJBTEXAS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 07:49 AM   #8
Quarry Creeper
 
y2kgtp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Deltona, FL
Posts: 405
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

How is your run time with the battery they give you?
y2kgtp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2012, 09:41 PM   #9
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Hour+ in the summer, 45ish Min when its 0* out. The stock 260 motor is pretty efficient.

Last edited by Hyde802; 05-21-2012 at 07:37 PM.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #10
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Still running about 2 packs through this a week. Only breakage was the gear on the motor wore down causing some binding. easy 4$ fix and its back up and running.

Click the image to open in full size.
The new gear vs the worn gear.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Last edited by Hyde802; 06-25-2012 at 09:43 AM.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 02:29 PM   #11
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: wyoming
Posts: 99
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

can you get a better pic or explain how you did the balloon water proofing? just bought one for my son and he would love it 100% more if he can play in the water with it.

looks like a fun crawler so far!
IWantATurbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 07:41 PM   #12
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Look at the very first pic in the thread. That the ESC and RX in the balloons. I just stretch them over them and zip tie the balloon closed, then zip tied them to the plate...
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 09:28 AM   #13
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: wyoming
Posts: 99
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

yea saw that after i posted! i think im going to try that tonight. you have never melted the balloons?
IWantATurbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #14
RCC Addict
 
ScaleFreak93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bozangeles
Posts: 1,435
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Quote:
Originally Posted by IWantATurbo View Post
yea saw that after i posted! i think im going to try that tonight. you have never melted the balloons?
If your electronics are getting that hot than melted balloons will be the least of your concerns.
ScaleFreak93 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #15
Rock Stacker
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: dallas
Posts: 62
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Would you suggest this as a newbie crawler?
2k3r1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #16
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Ive never had a balloon melt or get hot, but if left in the sun, they do dry rot.

Its a good entry level crawler. Its low budget and is easy to make it crawl well. Leaving the drive train stock is my key to it lasting so long. Its slow, yes but hasent broken yet. The 260 motor stalls out before anything breaks. Never when climbing, just when tires are jammed between things.

Last edited by Hyde802; 06-26-2012 at 09:47 PM.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #17
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: usa
Posts: 25
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Hyde if you don't want those bodies to crack any more at the end of the cracks make a small hole with body reamer.
jayman43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #18
RCC Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: a house built by dopee & ginger
Posts: 1,623
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

if you sipe the tires they will work even better, cutting the lugs only helps a little.
crawlhog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #19
Quarry Creeper
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Berlin, VT
Posts: 282
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Still going strong!

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Had to replace the steering servo, and the front axle housing because the upper knuckle screw stripped out. Replaced both with stock pieces and keep on truckin.

Last edited by Hyde802; 10-23-2013 at 09:07 PM.
Hyde802 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 11:00 PM   #20
Rock Crawler
 
kgb424's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Minden
Posts: 728
Default Re: Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler

Here is mine, I put in a Brushless Novak Micro Pro esc and a 18.5 turn 380 motor, had to shave, file, sand, use a shoe horn too make it fit, had to make my own motor mount, it took some time, but it was worth it.

Last edited by kgb424; 05-01-2014 at 07:22 PM.
kgb424 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Maxstone 16: The cheap crawler - Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
exceed maxstone 10 snowshoebrue General Crawlers 88 04-17-2014 05:29 PM
Exceed Maxstone 8 saddlehorse General Crawlers 12 03-03-2013 06:11 PM
My MaxStone 10 StreetShaker Newbie General 6 10-31-2012 03:12 PM
Maxstone 10: Landcruiser CruisinMT Videos! 3 02-13-2012 10:49 AM
Exceed RC MaxStone prostock Superclass Crawlers 2 05-24-2010 11:05 AM
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright 2004-2014 RCCrawler.com